It is very important for employers to not commit disability discrimination against their employees. No employee should have to worry that they will be subjected to unfair treatment or be wrongfully fired because of a disability they have.
The newspaper was accused of having committed disability discrimination against one of its employees. The employee in question worked for the newspaper as a commercial print manager. This individual reportedly suffers from damage to his spinal cord. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that the newspaper fired the employee from his position because of this disability.
The EEOC brought a lawsuit against the newspaper in a federal court in Tennessee in connection to these allegations of disability discrimination. According to a press release on the EEOC's website, this lawsuit was recently settled. Reportedly, as part of this settlement, the newspaper has agreed to make a monetary payment. The newspaper has also reportedly agreed to take certain actions aimed at preventing disability discrimination in the workplace, such as giving its employees training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (a federal law that prohibits disability discrimination in the workplace).
Disability discrimination like that which was alleged in this recently settled case can be extremely harmful to employees. Thus, one hopes that all employers make sure to act properly when making employment decisions and to not engage in disability discrimination against their employees.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "The Jackson Sun to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit," June 29, 2012